We’ve all been told to eat our veggies, drink our milk and stop eating so much sugar and other junk food. While there has been a much-renewed focus on health and nutrition even in the last few years, there’s still the problem of obesity and lack of exercise. For some a healthy lifestyle is a must. Others may find it a little harder to get on board with proper nutrition, and with an astounding 34.9% of adults and approximately 17% of children (Source) in America suffering from obesity, it has never been more important to emphasize proper nutrition and good health.
Wow, this week on The Moll Anderson Show I am honored to have not only an amazing friend but also a true superstar—Cristina Ferrare—as my guest! Cristina has done it all—a beautiful supermodel, host of her own cooking show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), best-selling author—and did I mention she’s an amazing chef?
You will be amazed at what you learn on my show when two girlfriends start chatting. And don’t forget about her latest book Big Bowl of Love, her fifth cookbook showcasing her expertise in the areas of women’s health, well-being, culinary arts and stylistic design, as well as her great zest for life and her humor. Cristina is currently hard at work on a new project, and, as always, her focus is on helping women.
Later in the show, gossip girl Tara Hitchcock stops by to dish on the latest wedding bell news. Who can it be? Our magazine hot picks will get you ready to take on the fall season. Lucky magazine gives us the scoop on 50 must-have books for the fashion-obsessed.
Cosmopolitan provides a sexy twist on how to use the newest fall fashion trends to seduce your man. Wear the oversized shirt trend (especially the athletic shirts—rugby, etc.) with pushed-up sleeves and a belted waist (might I suggest sans pants) to yield the best returns for getting your man turned on.
I give you the dos and don’ts of fall fashion as previewed in Glamour; these tips will keep you in the know without entering into the dangerous don’t zone. Dress up your cozy knits with glam bottoms such as a sequined skirt in the same color palette.
One of my favorite designers, Donna Karan, reminds us to keep wearing our bright colors just pair them with black to bring the outfit into the colder months. Remember to balance your black and brights by incorporating accessories, coats and shoes.
With these simple tips in mind, strut into the autumn months with confidence and a seductive mindset to bring these trends to life!
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What are you waiting for?
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London have officially begun, and there is no better time to find motivation to get in shape! Watching these über fit athletes put me in a healthy mood and I’m excited to say that getting fit can be fun. Don’t let negative feelings hinder your soon-to-be sexy bod. There’s no reason not to take control of your health and life.
It is important to take proper precautions when it comes to your general health. Regular doctor checkups are extremely important! After all you can’t really get into shape if you don’t know exactly what your physical health is.
Our state of mind has a lot to do with our physical health, so ignoring ongoing issues will soon take a toll on your happiness. Don’t fear the doctors; they can really help alleviate any stress you may be feeling about your health.
Living well and living your best life right now are best achieved when you have some serious motivation—there are tons of great fitness magazines out there that will help you find this spark!
Kyle Clarke, to be seen on the September/October cover of Reps magazine, gave us a little sneak preview of what to expect in his feature. Clarke is the face of MRI Performance and has not only a rock solid body, but also a rock solid plan to help you live your best life.
Olympic athlete Samantha Clayton also knows a little something about keeping fit! After gaining 72 lbs while pregnant with triplets, Clayton got her body back to peak fitness and is now the lead fitness instructor for the Herbalife DVD set.
We all know that some people will revert to using basically ANY tactic to becoming skinny, but we also know that a lot of times these aren’t the smartest of decisions. From ingesting tapeworms to smoking cigarettes to decrease appetite, supermodels have been known to do it all.
Kelly Killorean Bensimon, model, Real Housewife and author of I Can Make You Hot, shares all kinds of hot tips including all the absurd methods supermodels use to get rail thin. Listen now to what she had to dish with a no-holds-barred attitude on The Moll Anderson Show!
Kelly and I did share a common diet strategy—indulge in your favorite food in moderation one day a week; we call this day our fun day! Eating a balanced diet the rest of the week is essential to a healthy life—it will allow you to have more energy and will even stabilize your mood. My favorite lunchtime or dinner meal is a special diet salad; I call it Moll’s Medley.
• Handful of kale
• Goat cheese
• Ocean Spray® Craisins
• Olive oil
• ½ lemon
• Balsamic vinegar
• Roasted chicken, optional
Mix all your ingredients, and if you’re like me, add a little seductive spice to get your metabolism up! This salad is full of good essential fats and is an easy on-the-go meal.
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Ever pulled into the drive-thru and wondered if you felt a pang of hunger or guilt? Now, celebrity chefs are admitting the same and offering these healthy eating tips.
If you’re thinking it’s only regular people who settle for fast food when they’re in a rush, think again. Even some of the most accomplished chefs succumb to this less healthy convenience, and one of the newest shows on Food Network is highlighting the consequences, while also helping those chefs fight the battle of the bulge.
The bluntly titled “Fat Chef” series is much like NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” but focuses on professional chefs who can’t resist the urge to sample their wares (at least more than what’s absolutely necessary); fall back on heavy meals (like pasta) or turn to fast food to sustain them through long hours on their feet.
Between constant temptations and little to no time to exercise, chefs may struggle more than most of us to stay healthy. Each chef featured on the series is charged with dropping 25 percent of his or her body weight over the course of four months. Though the challenge is big, most of the chefs seem motivated because their extra pounds pose a serious threat to their heart health or put them at risk for diabetes.
While the show focuses on chefs who are near the end of their rope, what about the secrets of chefs who juggle the challenges of cooking for a living and eating right too? Everyday Food magazine’s January/February issue—appropriately dubbed the “Light Issue”—shed some light on high-profile chefs who are conscious of their waistlines.
Whether or not you’re a chef, you can easily take these five simple strategies to heart for lighter eating.
Eat More Veggies. Anita Lo of Annisa in New York City pours on the veggies to eat lighter. She merely ups the amount of produce, giving her the option of cutting back on meats, for example, and says she has “shed considerable pounds” as a result.
Eat What’s In Season. Several chefs in the Everyday Food article advocated this approach. Lo, for example, says she likes to incorporate shaved raw veggies into salads or enjoy squash lightly roasted in oil. Chris Pandel of Chicago’s Balena looks to Mediterranean inspiration, adding vibrance to dishes with pomegranate seeds, chickpeas and orange slices.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast. New York City’s Shaun Hergatt relies on this basic—but important—strategy. A wholesome, filling meal to start the day can make all the difference. His go-to combo is pineapple-carrot juice with a poached egg on whole wheat toast.
Enhance Foods’ Flavors. Wolfgang Puck says he gets more out of his ingredients in soups, for example, by omitting cream and butter. He says it helps cut the calories while boosting flavors like pumpkin, carrot and turnip. To finish, he purees the mixture for a creamy and flavorful meal.
Use These Kitchen Must-Haves. A grill pan or a steamer can help reduce the amount of oil and butter you have to use, thus making the dishes lighter. Puck says he uses a grill pan for chicken and fish, while Pandel whips up veggies—and fish—in his steamer. Pandel swears by fish prepared this way dressed with olive oil and flavored with a squeeze of lemon juice.
While many are applauding Walmart’s efforts to spotlight healthier foods, questions are being raised about health foods in general and how people use and abuse them.
The recent announcement from Walmart, the nation’s largest grocery chain, to label its store brands in an effort to steer customers to healthier choices is being met with tempered optimism. This week, the chain unveiled its new “Great for You” logo that will be incorporated into packaging and fruit and vegetable displays beginning this spring.
While many agree it’s a step in the right direction—it even has first lady Michelle Obama’s approval for supporting her efforts to fight childhood obesity—there’s a healthy dose of skepticism as well.
For example, critics point out that only a fraction of the store’s products are eligible for that label—and notably, sugary cereals that tend to be kiddie favorites don’t get that healthier designation.
Still, Walmart’s efforts are admirable. Essentially, its goal is to work with suppliers to eliminate trans fats and reduce sodium and sugar content while also making these healthier food options even more affordable. (Anyone who has compared costs in the grocery aisle can attest that often reduced fat or “healthier” foods carry a slightly higher price tag.)
However, several studies mentioned in the February issue of Eating Well magazine point to some of the challenges this new label may hold for consumers.
For starters, a Purdue University study found that there is potential danger in eating fat-free products, particularly if you’re lulled into thinking that having a few extra chips or maybe snacking on half the bag isn’t really all that bad. Especially since it’s fat-free.
The study observed rats who were fed both fat-free and regular potato chips and found that the sample that ate the “healthier” option gained more weight than the ones that didn’t. Researchers concluded that more work still needs to be done but surmised that fat-free substitutes could throw off the body’s natural ability to feel full or satisfied, thus causing some people to eat more.
Another study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that daily diet soda drinkers boasted larger waistlines than those who didn’t drink it at all. Over the course of 10 years, researchers found that those with an affinity for low-cal caffeine had a six-times-greater increase in their waist size. They suggested that the diet label may have given those thirst-quenchers a pass to splurge in other areas since they felt they were making a healthier choice in their beverages.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that a healthy label of any sort doesn’t mean you’re getting a pass to eat the entire box. Making healthier choices in the grocery aisle is one thing, but translating that into health-conscious behaviors at home is quite another.
It’s pretty impossible not to crave chocolate on a day like today–the pinnacle of National Chocolate Month–but indulgence doesn’t have to mean guilty regret.
Chocolate tempts us even more than usual this time of year, what with all that Valentine’s Day candy on the shelves since just after Christmas.
With the sweet stuff so prominently featured just about everywhere, it’s no surprise, really, that February is National Chocolate Month. But don’t think that if you’re (still) sticking to your New Year’s resolutions to get fit or if a restricted diet prevents you from indulging that you can’t get in on the celebration.
Three magazines tackled chocolates and other desserts in their February issues, all with the purpose of offering some seasonally appropriate desserts on the lighter side.
Cooking Light magazine’s February issue took some inspiration from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament format and presented a Sweet 16 Bake-Off to find the “best light chocolate recipe ever” that had been published in its pages in the past 25 years.
Sixteen finalists were culled from the last quarter-century of recipes, and the field was eliminated in a head-to-head showdown until only one dessert was left standing. The top four recipes were published in the February issue, and each boasts 10 grams of fat or fewer per serving.
Among double chocolate ice cream, chocolate-frangelico fondue, Texas sheet cake and classic fudge-walnut brownies, the brownies came out on top. (Though none of the other finalists’ recipes were published in the magazine, the issue was noted so devoted readers can consult their archived copies.)
For even lighter chocolate recipes, Food & Wine magazine featured three from Joy the Baker blogger Joy Wilson. Each of these weigh in at 6 grams of fat or fewer per serving, thanks to her use of lighter ingredients like cocoa nibs and Greek yogurt.
Wilson shares her tips for making chocolate frozen yogurt with caramelized bananas, cocoa-pepper waffle cookies and cocoa nib pavlova with raspberries. Each promises maximum chocolate flavor without the guilt.
Finally, Everyday Food magazine lets readers in on some unlikely ingredients that can help trim fat in desserts like brownies and cupcakes. A triple-chocolate brownie recipe uses pureed black beans as a substitute for some of the butter, resulting in four fewer fat grams per serving.
Not a chocolate lover? No problem. The magazine also includes recipes for vanilla cupcakes with fruit glaze, which uses pureed white beans to get its sweetness. Gingerbread mini cakes are moist—and good for you—thanks to pumpkin puree.